Identify Your Investigative Goals

Before selecting a Private Investigator, in New Hampshire or anywhere else, a little soul searching is advised. If you are considering a Private Investigator, you have identified a potential problem for which you need professional advice. Or, do you?

Before retaining a Private Investigator, a reality check is suggested. The Private Investigator’s role is to accumulate accurate information and report the findings. That report may not contain the expected outcome. Clients need to decide if they are prepared for surprising revelations.

The second consideration is to determine the client’s willingness to act upon the information. Clients must understand that the results may not be the desired results. A Private Investigator gathers information, but does not compromise the facts.

Clients must be comfortable with the Private Investigator. The Investigator will have access to confidential personal and business information. While establishing a comfort level with the Investigator, the client will want to verify the license, ask for references and ascertain the Investigator’s willingness to testify if necessary.

As with any professional, clients will want to clarify all financial obligations. Make sure provisions for expense reimbursement are clear. Most Private Investigators will require a retainer. Make certain that all billing and payment policies are explained.

Private Investigators provide a wide range of Adelaide security services including extensive domestic issues, a full spectrum of business cases, computer fraud, criminal investigations and delivery of legal documents such as subpoenas, summons and other documents. Private Investigators must have excellent research capabilities and solid organizational skills. The ability to assemble detailed notes, references and the ability to utilize multiple sources are important attributes of Private Investigators.

Typical domestic investigative services include pre-marital checks, matrimonial infidelity cases, divorce investigations, alimony, child custody research and hidden asset or income identity.

Corporate investigations include asset searches, protection of intellectual property, fraudulent claims research, copyright infringement, due diligence, background checks, false workers compensation and disability claims, theft, excessive absenteeism, employee misconduct, embezzlement, and other business related services.

Computer fraud may include Cyber investigation, computer forensics, electronic data discovery and Internet profiling.

Private Investigators perform searches, analyze data, organize facts and conduct relevant interviews with suspects and witnesses. In some cases, Private Investigators work undercover in companies. Photo and video surveillance is an important part of investigative work.

Many Private Investigators are retained after references from associates or through referrals from attorneys. There are many educational and training affiliations and certifications for investigators. The National Association of Legal Investigators and American Society of Industrial Security are two of the leading associations available to Private Investigators.

Like most professionals, Private Investigators are eligible for Professional Liability Insurance Coverage and Errors and Omissions Insurance. When selecting your Private Investigator, remember that this individual will be dealing with sensitive material. A good working relationship is essential to success.